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Unknown Bee

Unknown Bee
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-24 10:45
Viewed: 2969
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took it last summer and didn't post it because I could never find an ID for it..I had a couple of friends looking as well...so perhaps someone here with much more bee-knowledge will ID it...

This bee did not appear threatening as some bees do..It was acting more like some sort of honey bee...but lacked any real identifying colours..unless there is some such thin as an albino bee...but I never pursued that angle...ID wold be much appreciated!

Nikon D50
ISO 400
Hand Held

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-24 10:58]

Hi Bob .This is a very clear picture of the Bee or Hoverfly .
Whic you have taken with fine detail and bright colours. you have used the light so well . I think i would have posted this one before now,. well done TFS.

Hello Bob,
Identification doesn't really matter, Bob. To bee or not to bee
that's a good question, isn't it?:-). You can see she's very beesy...
Thanks for sharing your friendly bee;-)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-24 12:51]

Hello Bob,
Very nice close up, beautiful picture. Great colors and luminosity, you also composed very well.. Well done Best regards Siegfried

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-24 13:06]

Hello Bob,

Whatever bee it would be it looks fine on this nice flower. You have shown them both, bee and flower, in a fine image with good details and beautiful colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-24 13:11]

Hello Bob,
Another great macro from your vast archives! Nice and sharpn, great POV and lighting.
This looks like a Leafcutting Bee (Family Megachilidae), those that cut out neat round notches in smooth leaves like rose leaves that they take to their subterraneans nests to build their cells with. They gather pollen on the undersides of their body like this one is doing.
Nice one: we don't often see leafcutting bees on TN!
Heva a good weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-24 13:15]

Hello Bob,
Whatever species of Bee this is it is very nicely in focus on the pretty Daisy! It is a beautiful composition showing very fine details and wonderful colours - a lovely reminder of summer!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla


You dis not miss th oportunity, and you did pretty well. I like the colours, shrpness and light.

Best regards


hello Bob

very beautiful photography of the bee and the flower,
shot with fine POV and DOF, beautiful luminosity
and colour tones, great sharpness and details,
we can see the DSLR quality of this image, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-24 14:59]

Hi Bob,

Before TN I would never thinking of asking what kind of bee. A bee was a bee, and if it looked like a bee but wasn't a bee it was still a bee. Whoever he is, he is enjoying the daisy and I am enjoying the picture. In case you are beginning to doubt it the flowers, birds and bees will all be back in the spring.


Obviously an older shot since there's not that crazy northern white stuff everywhere here.
Lovely photo...as usual...and a great reminder of the warmer days ahead.

Hi Bob,

Wonderful shot of this Daisy flower with a busy little bee included. The exposure is spot-on showing great detail in the whites, pin sharp, with beautiful colours.

Cheers Rick :)

Namastay Bob,
I am pretty sure it is a leaf cutter bee as Ivan stated. A nice capture. Very well composed with the beautiful flower. Sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


I really enjoyed others comments specially Annick’s remarks … to bee or not to bee… but I can understand that a serious photojournalist can not be satisfied until unless the information is complete. The picture is simple but the colour composition sketched an additional glamorous appearance that can specify your skill. Thanks,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-25 6:00]

Hello Bob,
WOW, Bob this is beautiful the colors and details in this beautiful composition are outstanding. This looks like a leaf-cutter bee, they are used in Alberta too pollenate alfalfa crops. Great job my friend, thank you.

Ivan is most probably right on the ID of this strange looking and poorly coloured bee Bob, but ID notwithstanding, this is a beautiful capture demonstrating an industrious bee while gathering pollen from a composite floret group, all exposed and focused espertly against a darkish BG. TFS this fine corner of nature with us my friend.

Hello Bob

A lovely capture of a bee stopping to smell the daisies.
The detail shows well,and the focus is sharp.
Very good colour and lighting.
I find it interesting how shots like these I take for granted in the summer months take on an entirely new beauty for me in the winter months.I guess familiarity does breed contempt as the saying goes.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-26 1:30]

Hello Bob,
This is a refreshing summer-picture, making us impatient to be in summer again. The bee is just in an ideal position on the daisy. It looks quite special ( just see that Ivan wrote that it could be a leaf-cutting bee).
Fine and natural colors and a good composition.
A very pleasant picture.Thanks for it.

Ciao Bob, splendid macro with lovely busy bee on a beautiful daisy, great colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-01-27 2:21]

Hello Bob,

Once again you display an excellent image which is simple yet has it's own charisma. The colors, tones, lighting and sharpness are all in place. Excellent focusing, splendid details and the picture is well composed with an effective POV. TFS.


Hi Bob,

I always like how you managed the white petals in your previous posts. This is another excellent one which is not easy to capture. The bee is well perched on the yellow stamen. Excellent focus and the whole setting is well captured against the silenced background.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Bob,

The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the bee on the flower. The suject is well frame. The picture is clear and sharp. The light is enhancing the colors of the scenery. have a nice day.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-30 11:39]

Hello Bob,
Very beautiful sharp detailed photo. The white and yellow in FG against the dark BG is splendid. Great natural setting in bright colours. Very good POV and DOF.
Have a good weekend,

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